Rivertail Fort Lauderdale Seafood


Rivertail Fort Lauderdale



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Rivertail, located on the Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, embodies the essence of chic yet casual waterfront dining. With a seafood-driven menu curated by five-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Jose Mendin, Rivertail’s dishes combine creativity and bold flavors to be the best seafood restaurant. Named “Best Restaurant Fort Lauderdale 2020” by Miami New Times, our vibrant neighborhood eatery offers both indoor and patio seating and is located just steps away from our sister concept, The Wharf Fort Lauderdale. Experience some of the best in Fort Lauderdale Seafood. We also offer delivery.

Rivertail is open Tuesday through Sunday. Our happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday and brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday. Make sure to check out Titos & Taquitos every Tuesday from 5 PM close. With this experience, Rivertail has become the best seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.


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The Best Seafood Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale

Reel Food

Taste the delights of the ocean with our selection of delectable dishes. Chef Jose Mendin delivers a twist on the old classics to make us one of the best seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

Enjoy authentic home cooking at our fish restaurant in Fort Lauderdale with a Rivertail Chowder, containing fresh white clams, crab, smoked bacon, American-grown potatoes, and fluffy, flaky puff pastry.

Why not discover what separates us from other Las Olas seafood restaurants? Our chorizo-stuffed dates are a hit, with bacon, goat cheese crema, and the kick of a spicy tomato sauce to set your tastebuds alight.

Our commitment to real food is not just a marketing slogan but the philosophy behind Rivertail. We want to serve the local community by being one of the Riverwalk restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that support hardworking American farmers. Chow down on the freshest ingredients with our delicious local kale Greek salad, or try the “fin” favorite wharf burger.
We take pride in being considered one of the best seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. We’re always searching for ways to transform the seafood scene and give you the greatest of what Florida has to offer. The best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale will always commit to local, fresh ingredients to extract the brightest and the best tastes from every aspect of your dish. That’s what we always strive to do.

Food is what we’re all about, and Chef Mendin is constantly experimenting and upgrading the menu to give you a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re a foodie searching for the latest tastes, or a photographer looking for that Instaperfect pic, we guarantee that our food will be a hit.
Make your reservation and get ready for one of the finest seafood-driven downtown Fort Lauderdale restaurants. It’s reely good!

Chef Jose Mendin

Chef Mendin is someone who knows the ins and outs of the Florida food scene after enrolling at Johnson & Wales University in 1998, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in the culinary arts. His knowledge of the bounties of the sea has taken him across the world, including to London and Valladolid in Spain.
His travels have enabled him to discover brand-new ingredients and fresh ways to extract the taste from each of them. Chef Mendin’s many unique creations and food combinations have won him recognition as one of Florida’s rising stars.

Studying under some of the finest chefs, Chef Mendin has honed his craft not just to cook your old favorites but to devise some of his own. With a streak of successful openings in cities as diverse as Las Vegas and Chicago, Chef Mendin welcomes you to enjoy a taste sensation like never before.

His vision is to alter what you and your family expect from restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Rivertail’s food is designed to be full of refined, sophisticated tastes while never being pretentious. Chef Mendin aims to cook food for the soul and has assembled a team that all buys into that vision.
Ultimately, Chef Mendin’s goal is to elevate Rivertail as one of the best seafood restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, giving you a dining experience that exceeds your expectations.

About Rivertail

Rivertail offers a new take on seafood in Fort Lauderdale. Come into our indoor dining room’s warm, welcoming surroundings and get ready for the experience only the best restaurants in Fort Lauderdale can provide.

Taking your friends out for lunch? Get acquainted with the leafy ambiance of the ultimate outdoor dining spot. Soak up the sun while tucking into the best seafood in Fort Lauderdale. At Rivertail, there’s never a bad time to taste the ocean.

Rivertail is known for its fun and upbeat atmosphere. Our restaurant is not just about the dining. It’s about the experience.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a quick bite or you’re taking out the team for a business lunch. Rivertail is the place for every occasion.
Our staff is always ready to greet you with a smile. We adhere to impeccable service standards to ensure you’re treated like a king, no matter the time of day or night. We’re sure you’ll agree that when searching for the best seafood restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, you won’t find anywhere better among Las Olas restaurants.

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Global Seafood

Reel Food

Fusing cuisine from around the world, Rivertail offers a unique array of dishes, for those with seafood indulgence in mind. Boasting a menu carefully curated by 5 time James Beard-nominated Chef José Mendín, we offer dishes with every type of palate in mind.

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Chef José Mendín

The Perfect Blend

Chef José Mendín

Rivertail is the first Fort Lauderdale outpost of James Beard-nominated chef José Mendín, that features a seafood-driven dining experience focusing on providing guests a fun, upbeat atmosphere that is refined, yet approachable enough for families.

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If you’re looking for a space to host your next social event or business gathering, look no further. Rivertail has a private dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests for a custom tailored dining experience.


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